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Service Dog Training

Application Information is at the bottom of the page.

Handi-Dogs is a professionally guided owner-trained program.

  • Students must live in the greater Tucson, AZ area. 
  • Weekly lessons are required. 
  • Training is customized for each student. 
  • On average, it takes 12 - 18 months to complete the program.
  • The cost averages $1,200 - $1,800, paid in increments. Total cost is dependent on how many lessons students need to reach their goals.

    If you need help choosing a dog to train for service work, click here.  To learn about our Rescue to Service Dog program, click here.

    We train for:

  • Diabetes Alert - Learn more.
  • Hearing Alert 
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Psychiatric
  • We offer limited training for:

  • Autism - Learn more.
  • Seizure - Learn more.
  • Visual Assistance

  • CLICK HERE  to learn more about our training program including our fees. These pages will help you decide if it might be a good fit for you, and if you have an appropriate dog.

    To apply, download and complete the 3 forms below. Mail the completed forms along with your $15 consultation fee to: Handi-Dogs, 75 South Montego Drive, Tucson AZ 85710

    1. Service Dog Program Application    
    2. Veterinarian Report    
    3. Physician Statement -- Choose the appropriate form. If you are going to be training for both physical and psychiatric tasks, submit both forms:

    3A.  Physician Statement -- Use this form for mobility assistance, hearing alert, diabetic alert dogs
    3B. Mental Health Report  -- use this form for Psychiatric Service Dogs  

    After receiving you completed forms, we will contact you to schedule a Consultation. You will bring your dog to our Training Center to be assessed for temperament and appropriateness for the tasks you want to train. We will also help you determine if our program will be a right fit for your needs. Consultations typically last 30-60 minutes.

    Questions? Need help?  Please email us at Service@Handi-Dogs.org or call 520-326-3412.

    To Be or Not To Be. Our lighthearted video that shows service dogs doing several tasks and reminds us that not all dogs have the traits or desire to be a service dog.


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